Citra is the initiator of SIRKAM (Literal translation: Women’s Creative Circulation), a community engaged in arts and women’s literacy in Medan and Sumatra. SIRKAM envisions itself as a platform for women to create freely, develop perspectives and potentials, and channel their voice under principles of humanity, equality and collective work. Since October 2017, Citra has been involved as an editor and editorial secretary in Degilzine, an alternative zine discussing issues of arts, music, and latest events in Medan. In 2018, Citra collectively initiated Degil House, a creative space for readers, writers, poets, musicians, painters, dancers, and other art practitioners. Degil House manages a library with an extensive collection of world literature, a space to host discussions and workshops, and a creative marketplace for Medan-based creators.
Peretas, short for perempuan lintas batas (literal translation: women crossing boundaries) works through ands toward the politics of feminist solidarity among women art workers in Indonesia and beyond. The Indonesian word “peretas” means hacker, which renders our spirit to socially hack the stereotypical definition and hegemonic construction that confine women. In our collective endeavours, we navigate with an intersectional perspective to expose the plurality of women subjectivities that cross and disrupt borders between nations, races, ethnicities, classes, sexualities, religions, and disabilities.
Peretas’ programs aim at supporting the making of productive and reproductive spaces for women art workers by organizing Peretas Berkumpul (our annual assembly), research projects, book publications, and public discussions. Through these activities we hope to engage with the expanded notion of arts and culture, which move towards social transformation and knowledge distribution instead of centralizing in creative industry productivity-driven or individual career. Our organizing practice involves critical knowledge-commoning, care work, democratic dissensus, artistic sensibilities, and radical imagination to nurture safe space and speak up against dominant power.
Peretas logo is designed by Cadrilla Bareno (2019).
The English text version in this website is translated by Kezia Alaia (July 2020).
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